Halo or Halu Beriti Washing Station was established in 2014 and serves 750 smallholder producers in the Yirgacheffe region. This steep, green area is both fertile and high – resulting in flavours unique to the region. So much so that the Ethiopian government has now trademarked Yirgacheffe coffee.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate.
Until recently, coffee grown by smallholders in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange where most coffees lost their traceability. In March of 2017, the prime minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia.